Rescued Chilean miner Edison Peña will compete in the ING New York Marathon on November 7. Against all odds, the miner managed to stay in shape while he was trapped underground by running three to five miles everyday through the tunnels. His fellow miners nicknamed him "the Runner" after witnessing his daily ritual.
After hearing how running helped Peña maintain his sanity, marathon officials invited Edison to watch the race, but he had other plans.
"He absolutely, 100 percent wants to participate,'' New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said. "The ING New York City Marathon is all about inspiration and perseverance, and those values were never more evident than during the survival and rescue of Edison and his brothers in that mine.”
Peña is looking forward to the race, especially once he found out that he would have the opportunity to meet Ethiopian running legend Haile Gebrselassie. The Chilean general consul of New York, Julio Fiol confirmed, "He's really excited. He has been preparing himself. He participated in a 3K here, he's been training. He knows that a marathon is a really long distance, but he's still willing to participate and finish."